Colin Wilson (comics)

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Colin Wilson (comics)
Colin Wilson 2012.jpg
Colin Wilson (2012)
Born (1949-10-31) 31 October 1949 (age 65)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
Rogue Trooper
Judge Dredd
Star Wars: Invasion
Awards 2004: Best Story Prix Saint-Michel

Colin Wilson is a comic book artist, born in Christchurch, New Zealand on 31 October 1949.

He is known for his detailed artwork which he uses in 2000 AD stories like Rogue Trooper and Judge Dredd. According to Andy Diggle, the 2000 AD editor who got him back to the title in the late nineties and has worked with him since, "no one ... draws near-future military hardware like him".[1]

Wilson has also had success in the French comics field, working on his own title Dans l'Ombre du Soleil, as well as having runs on well-established titles, like Blueberry. David Bishop, another 2000 AD editor says that Wilson is "a true rarity, a comics artist whose work has been acclaimed in America, Britain and most especially in Europe."[2]


Wilson received his formal training as an artist at Christchurch School of Art in 1967-1968. Working as an illustrator, he started his own fanzine,Strips in 1977. Originally meant as a showcase for Wilson's own comics, Strips soon hosted many New Zealand comics and revived the New Zealand comic scene. In 1980, he first moved to London and did work for 2000 AD, working on Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper before moving to France in 1982. In 1997, he moved to Australia, but continued his work for Europe and 2000 AD.

He's mostly known for his work on La Jeunesse de Blueberry, his solo series Dans L'Ombre du Soleil. His most famous works in the US are Point Blank, written by Ed Brubaker and Star Wars: Invasion, written by Tom Taylor.[3]

On 14 October 2008, Variety reported that his graphic novel Du Plomb Dans La Tete, AKA Headshot, written by Matz and illustrated by Colin Wilson, had been acquired by Warner Brothers.[4] It was adapted into the 2012 film Bullet to the Head.

In 2000 he drew a long story for the most popular characters of Italian comics Tex Willer, written by Claudio Nizzi and published by Sergio Bonelli Editore.



  • Judge Dredd:
    • "The Body Sharks" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #209-215, 1981)
    • "The Numbers Racket" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #218-219, 1981)
    • "Diary of a Mad Citizen" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #229-230, 1981)
    • "The Sweet Taste of Justice" (with Alan Grant, in 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981)
    • The Doomsday Scenario:
      • "War Games" (with John Wagner, in 2000 AD #1158-1159, 1999)
      • "Doomsday" (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.56-3.57, 1999)
      • "Volt Face" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #1167, 1999)
      • "Short Circuit" (with John Wagner, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.61, 2000)
      • "The Cal Legacy" (with John Wagner/Alan Grant, in 2000 AD #1178-1179, 2000)
    • "Relentless" (with Robbie Morrison, in 2000 AD #1237-1239, 2001)
    • "Hellbent" (with Robbie Morrion, in 2000 AD #1242, 2001)
    • "Magic Bullets" (with Al Ewing, in Judge Dredd Megazine #280-281, 2009)
  • Rogue Trooper (with Gerry Finley-Day):
    • "Ascent to Buzzard-Three" (in 2000 AD #236-238, 1981)
    • "Blue Moon" (in 2000 AD #241, 1981)
    • "Fear of the Machine" (in 2000 AD #246-248, 1982)
    • "The Buzzard" (in 2000 AD #251-253, 1982)
    • "War of Nerves " (in 2000 AD #258, 1982)
    • "All Hell on the Dix-I Front" (in 2000 AD #266-271, 275-277, 1982)
    • "Marauder" (with co-artist Cam Kennedy, in 2000 AD #282-289, 1982)
  • La Jeunesse de Blueberry #4-9 (4-6 with Jean-Michel Charlier and 7-9 with François Corteggiani, 1985–1994):
    • Les démons du Missouri (The Missouri Demons)
    • Terreur sur le Kansas (Terror Over Kansas)
    • Le raid infernal (The Train from Hell)
    • La pousuite impitoyable (The Merciless Pursuit)
    • Trois hommes pour Atlanta (The Three Men from Atlanta)
    • Le prix du sang (The Price of Blood)
  • Tor Cyan (with John Tomlinson):
    • "World Of Hurt" (in 2000 AD #1254-1256, 2001)
    • "The Dead Sorcerer's Coachman" (in 2000 AD #1263, 2001)
  • Du plomb dans la tête (aka Headshot) (with Matz, Casterman):[5]
    • Les Petits poissons (January 2004)
    • Les Gros poissons (February 2005)
    • Du bordel dans l'aquarium (January 2006)


Apart from his work on comics listed above, Colin Wilson has also done a lot of work as an illustrator, doing covers, illustrations and sketches for many different projects. This also includes work on role-playing games like:

  • Mega-City One in Drokk City Prog 2: Mega-City One: Book 2, written by John Caliber, many different co-artists (2005)
  • Mega-City One in Drokk City Prog 3: The Justice Department, written by John Caliber, many different co-artists (2006)
  • Mega-City One in Drokk City Prog 4: Future Crime, written by John Caliber, many different co-artists (2005)




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